So what are the top “dream schools”? I’m thinking (in no particular order)
BC Princeton Penn Yale Stanford Duke Northwestern UNC
Virginia Michigan Penn State Hopkins Florida USC Maryland Hopkins Harvard Brown
To each her own, there are a lot of great schools with women's lacrosse programs. While it would be nice to go to the best school it is Best to go to the right school (best fit). Only a small percentage of Long Island girls will have the option of "choosing" their Dream School if that Dream School is a Top Tier Lacrosse School. There will be 20 - 25 girls (from Long Island) who receive offers from the Top 10 - 15 programs.
Top Tier Women's Lacrosse Programs (teams listed below seem to be Top 20 every year and Top 10 some/most years) (BC, UNC and MD most years on another level)
Boston College North Carolina Maryland Northwestern Syracuse Virginia Princeton Florida Penn Stony Brook
(Teams listed below are Top 20 most years... and have also been Top 10 from time to time, maybe they miss Top 20 every few years but I think they are top tier)
Notre Dame Duke James Madison Penn State Loyola
(For Top Tier Recruits looking to go to the West Coast)
The large majority of Top Tier Recruits will choose one of the schools listed above which are considered by most to be Top Tier Lacrosse Programs.
Michigan has come on strong in recent years and will start picking up more talent in the years to come.
Colorado, Denver and Arizona St provide tremendous opportunity for girls who want to go to school in those areas.
Clemson should be interesting to watch... With the current environment, the transfer portal and the extra year of eligibility The Tigers could become competitive quickly. Only time will tell.
There are many more great schools with women's lacrosse programs to choose from but most have not been able to consistently compete with the Top Programs.
Good luck to all... try to make the journey fun and keep the stress to a minimum.
I get what you're saying, but for many of those schools, you are putting lacrosse ahead of academics. My daughter is a top academic and lacrosse player. She would not even consider Stony Brook, Syracuse, Loyola, Maryland, JM, or PSU
Where did they put lacrosse ahead of academics? The original post was about Dream Schools…. Many of those schools are Dream schools for many HS players. If the player is an excellent student and a top tier lacrosse player she will most likely be able to choose one of the schools listed. The top recruits rarely consider schools outside the top tier lacrosse schools of which about half are top tier academic institutions. BTW, the schools that you listed are excellent schools. I wonder if any schools listed above will consider you daughter?
I think if your emphasis is on academics, but still want a decent lax program then Stanford, Duke, ND and Northwestern would be top contenders if you will qualify for need based aid because it can be stacked with athletic money and still have a top 10 school. Otherwise Ivies are the other way to get a top school and for some, an excellent lax program. Most families will have to shell out big bucks for that though.